The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 has raised many questions around IT solutions that support healthcare initiatives. Although HITECH expanded the scope of HIPAA as well as set aside funds for enforcement, true understanding of enforcement and guidance action began with the most recent Omnibus Final rule. As a result, more U.S. Healthcare organizations are increasing their budgets for IT compliance-related initiatives than in previous years. Both the number of investigations and the dollar value of fines has jumped tremendously, exceeding millions of dollars. Some associated class action suits are asking for sums in the billions.

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